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Reading Doesn't Matter Anymore: Shattering the Myths of Literacy


reviewed by Gloria E. Jacobs — January 25, 2007

coverTitle: Reading Doesn't Matter Anymore: Shattering the Myths of Literacy
Author(s): David Booth
Publisher: Pembroke Publishing, Markham, ON
ISBN: 978-1571104922 , Pages: 176, Year: 2006
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Notions of what counts as literacy have been long debated by literacy scholars, teacher educators, policy makers, teachers, and parents. Arguments like those over sociocultural models of literacy acquisition versus psycholinguistic models, phonics instruction versus whole language instruction, or the use of popular media in the classroom are all symptoms of underlying differences in epistemological understandings of what makes a text a text, what it means to be literate, and why those questions matter. Although scholars within the New Literacy Studies in particular have explored these issues for several decades, the majority of articles and papers have been geared to the academic rather than to the practitioner. David Booth, professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, attempts to address the need for a clearly articulated argument in favor of a broader view of literacy in his book, Reading Doesn’t Matter Anymore: Shattering the Myths of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 25, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12935, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:29:37 AM

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  • Gloria Jacobs
    St. John Fisher College
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    GLORIA E. JACOBS is an assistant professor of literacy at St. John Fisher College. Her research focuses on adolescent use of digital literacies and how we can use student knowledge of literacy practices outside of school to inform the literacy learning that goes on inside of school. She has published in the Journal of Literacy Research, Reading Research Quarterly, and has chapters forthcoming in the Handbook of New Literacies edited by C. Lankshear, M. Knobel, D. Leu, & J. Coiro and Working with/in the Local: New Directions in Literacy Research for Political Action and Social Change edited by C. Clark, & M. Blackburn.
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